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The group of Sisters on the 
First page represents the Congre- 
gation of American Sisters, 
established at Fort Berthold, 
Elbow Woods, P. N- Dakota- 

[Rev. Father Craft has this to say:) 

The. Congregation of American 
Sisters, the first religious order of 
Indians, was founded in 1891 by 
Rev. Mother Mary Catharine Pte- 
sanwanvakapi, a full blood Indian, 
the daughter of Joseph Crow-Feath- 
er ( Kangi Wiyaka,) of the Hun- 
kpapn tribe of the Dakotas. The 
purpose of the ordei' is not to limit 
its labors to any one field, but to 
undertake any work found necessary 
among Indians, whites and other 
races. The Sisters, on entering the 
order, renounced, tribal relations, and 
became citizens of the United States. • 
In their Work, on Indian reservations, 
they conduct schools and hospitals, 
instruct the Indians in their, homes, 
h societies, attend the 
sick -in their homes, as physicians, as 
well as nurses, and cooperate with 
Government and its officials in the 
work of Indian civilization. The 
order is incorporated under the laws 
of .the State of North Dakota, u.der 
the legal title Congregation of A 
nieri can Sisters. The principle su- 
periors of the order are; Rev. Moth- 
er Ligouri, C. A. S. Prioress Gener- 
al; Rev. M. Francis Regis, C. A. S. 
Assistant Prioress; Rev. Mother M. 
Bridget, C....A. S. Prioress of the 
Mother house; Rev. Mother M. Ger- 
trude, C. A. S. Subprioress. 

The great success so quicklv at- 
tained by this order of Sisters, 
proves that Indians are equal to 
whites in, intelligence and capability. 
& that they can, if they wish, by a de 
termined effort, step at once from 
the transition state to progressive 



h wr.s a real pleasure for us to 

read and re.e.d the iuie: osthio- let- 
ters from Ruse Bud and Pine Ridge 
Schools in the January number. 

It will be nothing new to tell you 
that We have had very cold, stormy 
leather here and man'. hi z/.ards. as 
■■••.- -•'-, pose you have Lad your share 
also. The first of February »»> the 

name day of our good Sister Suoe 

a very line pleasant day, for, we ex 
1 ected S'.methi: g extra. After o."- 
fering her"our greeii; gs and good 
wishes for a happy !» v and 
partaking of a hearty dinner we en- 
joyed a glorious sleigh ride of 
twelve miles on the Lake, After 
our return we thu tilted the good in 
diar.s who procured us the pie sure 
by loudly bringing their teams. We 
continued to amuse ourselves 
gam.stiilO. P. M. 

We hope the soring months will 
brir-g its mors : ' ■ ■ .■-■■; ' 

lv, more, interesting news from 1 r 
school and reservation, lo send to 
our South 1 lakota f. -lends. 

civilization The secret of their suc- 
cess may be told in one word, — "A- 
merican." When Indians, — the 
real Americans, — unite American 
energy and patriotism with Catholic 
faith, and work in union with their 
American Government and their 
American fellow-citizens, thev can- 
not fail, and must succeed in ©yery 
progressive work. 

Dec. 7, 1896. 

Dea. Rev. Father Jerome:. — 

With the greatest, pleasure: 1 
will today compose a little letter and 
tell you all the news that 1 know 
in this section of Pine Ridge Reser- 

Well 1 am glad to say all 
inmates of the Mission are enjoving 
good health. Rev. Father Jutz who 
was the Superior of this school last 
year was called to Boston as Rector 
of Holy Trinity church, and now 
Rev. Father Bosch is conduetino- onr 
institution. He is verv kind ami 
tries all he can to make us happy 
and content. He bought a rifle for 
the boys and my brother has o- e 
too, and so we go hunting in the 
woods sometimes. I shot three rab- 
bits and six quails already and once 

us which we relish very milch. Two 
. ig(> we had very nnii-li snow 

but ii h s all melted and it is very 
muddy. Our sport coast ii g down 
the hill.- fs at ill e'i rl jus! now, but 
the skating is fine, iht ire is nice and 
sleek and »e have a j . d I \ time in 

>le ivee'--. A very unusual 
oceimiuoe on the prairie. The wind 
mills could not 1 Uinta any water 
and so we had to gel onr water from 
the creek. Brother carpenter and 
mason are digging h well in the Sis 
fcera' yard.; they have reached water 
and so much that it 1ms to be pump- 
.ed out so that tliev can continue 
di,ir work. 

St. Jose. Ii's and St. Marx's socie- 
ties are getting along very well. 

They have meetings nearly every 
.Sunday. 1 heard they are Collect- 
ing money for Christmas. Several 
Indian women are being instructed 
and will soon receive holy Baptism 
and ujl] join St. Mary's society. 
is quite a number of members 
: re 1 ii . ; f toinp ■: « Is tl 

are gpi'ig to c ufessioh and to 
Holy Communion. 

The chief -'of Y is dtjnr, White 

thinks that he will not live many 

1 - ai i more. My aunt is very 
sick too, Rev. Father Bosch and 1 
went to see her last Saturday. 

At present we are rehearsing 

SQtlgS, and or- Ctieitlg dialogues for 

Christmas. Some of lis nlav diffe 
eut instrume. ts in a Pvnuihon 

which two girls accompany on tl 
piano. I will plav a March on the 

at our little 6! terlainme.nt. 

We are all glad Christmas is near 
at hand. Oh! how beautiful it. will 
look to see the image's of our divine 
Savior in the cribs, streching His 
little hands to us and reminding us 
of IPs boundless love. We expect 
nice Christmas presents, for two Sis 
teis went to Omaha to buy some. 

Dear Rev. Father, this is all I can 
think of; sending mv best regards 

I shot at a big fat prairie chicken: to the Eya'npaha and its readers, 
but I got so excited that I missed it. J remain Your grateful bov, 

The good Sister cooks our game for j R Q 0LH0F „ 


IN Ober-Wesel, noli far fo , : 
Bingeu on the Rhine, cher lived :i 
girl of thirteen years who. on ac- 
count of a disease, had been unable 
to stand-- much less wall., for nine 
teen months. 

On July !>6, 1867, she receiver! 
iivly Comrnu: ion in the parish 
church. The sink child was driven 
there in a little carriage and wjis 
later carried to the (Jommuuion rail. 

When, ai the conclusion of the 

ceremony; her father went to take 

or by the arm to carry her home, 

she no longer needed his assistance, 

for .another had bellied her. 

The little one stood in the mid- 
dle Of the church, healthy and sound, 
and raised a cry of joy such as the 
old walls had never yet heard. Af- 
ter a most fervent thanksgiving, in 
which all present united with God's 
favored child, she went home sup- 

■■' 1 hei parents*'. 

In theeveuiug she no longer 
-ee led- any help, but went out in 

sheet alone. The whole city". 
v. ed the most cordial interest in 
the happy family. 

Thus God is pleased continual- 
ly to perform miracles through the 
Most Holv Sacrament and in this 
way to manifest His love, and since 
He shows Himself so ready to 
even bodily evils, mav we not 
pect everything from Him in 
holv tabernacle. 




A pious girl was accepted for 
First Communion. Full of jov, she 
hastened home to her father and told 
him of her great, happiness, adding: 
"Dear father, since so great a happi- 
ness awaits me I hope you, too, will 
grant me a favor " 

"Most gladly, mv dear child, will 
I do anything for you, only tell me 
what it is you desire of me." 

•Twill tell you," answered the 
child, -'when you have promised me 
that vou will do it," 


'•But," returned the father, '-if 
the fulfilment of your wishes be not 
in inv power — " 

••Yes, \ os, dear fattier, you can 
easil v do it," said she. 

Finally her Father gave the un- 
conditional promise. -Dear father,*' 
continued she, in a childlike and 
affectionate manner, -dear father, 
you must make mv happiness ootn- 
ple.-e: you must go with me to ho- 
le Communion. It is a long time 
since \ou have made your Easter 
dut\ ■; remember that van might die 
suddenly and then where would you 
go?" — "1 -x i 1 1 see about it,"' an- 
swered the surprised father. 

■■No, no, vou have promised me, 
and vou must keep your word; and 
I will not let this Lent, which is 
given us as a time of preparation, pass 
without insisting npo:i and praying 
for it; you must go with me!" 

On his child's First Communion 
dav, the father humbly knelt at the 
Communion rail, and after many 
v ears' absence once more- received 
liolv Communion. 

the neck of her parents and sister, 
weeping for joy, and exclaimed: 
"Dear father, dear mother!" 

The multitude saw and heard 
what had taken place, and praised 
and thanked God, 


Teresa Kruse, a ten year old 
girl of Uriisberg, 'Westphalen, had 
the misfortune to lose her speech 
a: due; ring during a severe sick- 
liess. AH efforts of the doctor to 
cute her were fruitless. She had 
earlv been well instructed and now 
her 'knowledge could be increased 
l„d\ bv the aid of sign-, but parti 
c.uWK by her slate. 

A pious disposition displayed 
itself a- d more in the child, 
hi the meantime, Teresa, who had 
;v.,i ■ A-. 1 tdeageof 14-. ardently long- 
ed For her First Communion, for which 
she carefnllv. yes, holilv, prepared 
herself, and whereby she confidently 
hoped to obtain her cure. -The 
great dav, August 26, 1835, arrived. 
Her fervor was exemnlarv and affect- 
iug When die Sacred I lost touched 
her tongue, she heard the sound of 
the organ and said aloud: "My 

Lord and my God!" 

Returning to her place, she fell 
noon her knees: tears of joy were 
" flowing from her eyes, whilst the 
iones of the organ and die sweet 
si. iin. .g sounded louder and more 
cdearly in her ears. 

When she left the church she 
., -reeve 1 her yoinimnions and fell on 


A MONKEY one dav stole 
some chestnuts and put them into 
the hot ashes and embers to roast; 
but when done, finding them too hot 
for him to touch, persuaded a cat to 
assist him in getting them out, 
promising half of the nuts. At first 
she declined; at last overcome bv 
his persuation, and tempted b\ the 
gain, she put her paw into the fire, 
and got out the chestnuts. But she 
burned herself verv badlv, and while 
she was lamenting over her misfor 
tune, the cunning monkev gathered 
up all the nuts and ran off with them. 

Moral.-— Never let wicked com- 
panions tempt you to do that wliich 

wro- g. even with the prospect of 
gain; for nothing ca i v vou for 
the loss of « clear conscience. Your 
own knowledge of having commit- 
ted a fault will ■ ii 

11. Iv Rosarv Ma-sinu, 
Dec. 9, 1896. 

Dear R v. Fat in Jrrome;— 

Today T will 

wsite to .you foi tic- fLst time and I will 
tell you all about the Mission. Rev. Fa- 
iher Ju'.z left the Mission in July and 
when 1 heard ii 1 wa> v< ry sorry because 
I didn't s<c hsm b. fo c he ivc.i. 

In the latter i art «£ Oct. .he.' we had 
a 1) tie. picnic and we lad a nice time. 
These arc ah >ut*i.u;ety girls and seven. 
ty boys here. R v Mother Cecilia and 

girls and b VS were all n ttic f out yarn 
to greet, a: A she stayed i ere a 
we, k. N vvmbi r the twenty recoml we 

We aim had a n ce tl'iu ' on Thanks- 
giving-day a: d in the evening th.ej 
showed pictures in the hall. Yesterday 
we ceh brat, d li.e Feast at the Tin macu- 
late Conception (f the Blessed Virgin 
Mary and some and Woroi tl and 
men went to Holy ( Inminm.iiv. Dear 
Rev. Fat: er. I can not :<■]! you imici .so 
f will close wisl ice; yriu a Me.ry Christ- 
uiasauda Happy New ?.«•-, That is 

all I have to fay for this limn 
f remain 

Your loving friend 


[ Holy Rosarv Mission, 

8. JD. Dec 9th 1896. 

Dear Rev. Father Jerome;— 

As we have 
not written to you for a long time, I 
thought I would write a few lines to you 
today, We are all well at the Mission, 
and I hope you are the same. I will first 
tell you about the Congress. There 
were many people here. Our Rt, Rev. 
Bishop Marty, Rev. Father Digmann. 
Father Zahm and two Fathers from 
Standing Rock, Father Francis and Fa- 
ther Bernard were here too. Many peo- 
ple went to confession and received Holy 
Communion and many were confirmed. 
It was a grand sight to see the people 
go to Holy Communion. Our Chapel 
was too small for them all. It was very 
lonesome here after all the people went 
home again. Rev. Father Jutz went to 
Boston and Rev. Father Bosch is here 
at Holy Rosary Mission now. Rev. Fa- 
ther Superior from Buffalo was here not 
very long ago and Ven. Mo. her Cecilia 
from Buffalo came to visit us too, and 
we had a l.tfle entertainment for her. 
We are going to have a nice time at 
Christmas. I will now close my letter 
with a Merry Christmas and a Happy 
New Year to you, dear Rev. Father. 
1 remain 

Your affectionate child 


' b\ DEGREES. 

DO you think you can be very good 
11 in a minute, even though yon have 
.sked Cod to forgive you your sine, and 
to send you help to do better? 

There is such a thing as growth, in 
goodness as in plants; and if you really 
want to be a strong young tree in 
the garden of the Lord, you must be 
content to pa: s through many stages, 
and wait for many suns and many show- 
ers, and even thou you have not yet 
reached your full size. 

Do you understand me? You can be a 
little good directly, for you can try to be 
good. But do not be disappointed if you 
fail or sit .down to say rebelliously, "I 
have tried, and I was good for a little 
while, and now 1 am naughty again, so 
it is no use praying or trying any more." 

Such thoughts are always sent by the 
wicked one to discourage you. He wants 
you to give up goodness altogether. He 
hales to see you trying ever so little. 

Rather lift, up your head after a fit. of 
naughtiness and say: "I am still a little 
... an! in God's garden, and although 
leaves are soiled with sin and earthli- 
nerp. lie can warn them with His show- 
ers, and brigi. ten them with His sun. if 
1 nuly look up to Him and do not de- 
spair and sh.k still deep, rmtot! e earth," 

"But I want to be very good, a very 
strong young tree in God's garden," says 
some hopeful child. 

Well, it is a good wish, only remem- 
ber, r.o hurry! The best fruit takes the 
longest to ripen; and remember, you are 
happier than the fruit, in that you can 
help on your growth by meekly bending 
your head under the showers of God's 
correction and thanking Him for the 
sun of His love. 

©S^Fort Totten, North Dakota, 
February, 9th- 1897;— Isidore 
Mniyo, Inyan Conkaske etanhan 
wowapi kaga wandakapi, de on 
tokata March wi kin enpnspewa- 
kiye kta. Dehan okan sni. 



MATILDA had a very hasty 
and passionate temper. Her mother 
endeavored in vain to correct this 
disposition, which seemed rather to 
increase in impetuosity. 

One day she was sitting at her 
work when her little brother came 
running in, and accidently upset 
work-box. At the sight of its con- 
tents rolling over the floor, Matilda 
rose from her seat, transported with 
Hirer; her eves sparkling with fury, 
the veins, in her forehead became 
swollen, and her whole countenance 
seemed on fire. At this moment, 
her mother, who had seen her anger 
rise, stepped behind her and held a 
lokincr gia..s before her face. Ma- 
tilda started with fright at the sight 
of her distorted countenance; her 
anger ceased, and she burst out cry- 
ing, "Do vou now see." said her 
mother: -how frightful a thing anger 
is, and how hideous it makes the hu- 
man figure? If you continue to in- 
dulge this passion, that terrible ex- 
pression which frightened you so,*- 
just now, will soon become fixed on 
vour face, which will lose every 
good feature." 

Matilda took this lesson to heart, 
and when she was tempted to be an- 
gry, thought of 'he looking-glass. 
In tune she became quite mild and 
oentle. Her excellent mother often 
said to her, 'dt is the same with 
other vices and virtues, hesid,- 
of anger and meekness: so that 

" 'Our countenance shows what passes 
A fair face is often made ugly by sin;"